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Lloyd Miller: Obama's new deal for Native America (March 12, 2009)

"In only two months President Obama has already begun to make his mark in forging a new era in Native American affairs. After eight years marked mostly by neglect, this...

Former lawmaker, Alaska Native, pleads guilty (March 12, 2009)

Beverly Masek, a former Alaska state lawmaker, agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to receive a bribe. Masek, a Republican from the Athabascan village of Anvik, accepted at least...

Yellow Bird leaves North Dakota newspaper (March 12, 2009)

Dorreen Yellow Bird has left The Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota but will continue to publish a weekly column. Yellow Bird, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and...

More candidates seek Crow chairman's post (March 12, 2009)

At least eight people have filed to run for chairman of the Crow Tribe of Montana following the death of Carl Venne, the tribe's late leader. The list so...

House Resources hearing on federal recognition bills (March 12, 2009)

The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing next Wednesday, March 18, on two federal recognition bills. The first bill is H.R.31, to recognize the Lumbee Tribe of North...

Dorgan releases draft of tribal transportation bill (March 12, 2009)

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, released a draft version of the Transportation Reauthorization of Indian Programs (TRIP) Act. The bill reauthorizes Indian...

Oklahoma House passes English-only measure (March 12, 2009)

The Oklahoma House voted 66-32 in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment that would make English the official language of the state. Indian lawmakers criticized the measure. Although it exempts...

Death rates high among Natives in Washington (March 12, 2009)

Death rates among American Indians and Alaska Natives in Washington have been climbing in what health advocates say is a stunning reversal of decades of progress. According to the state...

Editorial: Navajo language preservation a priority (March 12, 2009)

"Language preservation may not seem important in some circles, but it is when it comes to the heritage and tradition linked to a native tongue such as Navajo. It is...

Editorial: A true case of greed in Washington DC (March 12, 2009)

"Selling access came relatively cheap for Ann Copland. For former longtime aide to Sen. Thad Cochran the price of access was tickets: Floor seats to a circus, tickets to a...

Opinion: Inuit committed to traditional hunting (March 12, 2009)

"Inuit are a maritime people. The sea and sea ice are our front yard. They are as much a part of our way of life as the family farm has...

Jodi Rave: U.S. Attorney candidates for Montana (March 12, 2009)

"Montana Democratic Sen. Max Baucus recently forwarded three names to President Barack Obama as his top picks for U.S. attorney in Montana, his spokesman confirmed. As of this week, only...

Editorial: Salazar's repair mission at Interior (March 12, 2009)

"Ken Salazar, the new secretary of the interior, has been working overtime amending or suspending bad policies dumped on the public during the Bush administration’s waning days. That may not...

Column: Virginia tribes deserve federal recognition (March 12, 2009)

"Virginia's Indians have earned the right to be cynical. Two years ago, six state tribes landed at the doorstep of federal recognition, only to have the mat snatched from underfoot....

President Obama signs $410B appropriations into law (March 12, 2009)

President Barack Obama signed the $410 billion Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act into law on Wednesday despite calling it "imperfect" because it contains billions of dollars of earmarks....

Seminole Tribe sells hotel and ranch in Nicaragua (March 12, 2009)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has sold a hotel and cattle ranch in Nicaragua. The tribe purchased the Seminole Plaza Hotel in Managua and a 6,000-acre cattle ranch during the...

Cobell frustrated by Salazar's comments on case (March 12, 2009)

Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar should take action immediately to settle the case. Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet...

Senate Indian Affairs hearing on budget priorities (March 12, 2009)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds a hearing this morning on tribal priorities in the fiscal year 2010 budget. The hearing starts at 9:30am. The witness list follows: Panel 1...